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Learn from the Leader Webinar Series
SimplexGrinnell is pleased to present an ongoing webinar series devoted to some of the most pressing issues in life safety. Throughout the year, we are covering a variety of topics of interest. Whether you’re an architect or engineer, building owner or facility manager, contractor or local fire official, our free webinars promise something special for you. The sessions feature our own knowledgeable presenters, complemented by select outside experts from the life-safety industry.

Archived Webinars

NFPA 72: National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code: Major Changes in the 2013 Edition 

NFPA 72: National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code plays a critical role in meeting society’s changing demands related to fire detection, signaling and emergency communications. The 2013 edition of NFPA 72 includes changes and revisions that reflect the latest industry developments and technological advances related to installation, testing and maintenance. This webinar will provide an overview of the major changes in the 2013 edition of this important document.

What You’ll Learn:

  • The new Chapter 7, which consolidates all documentation rules – including design layout, shop drawings and testing – into one location to make the Code easier to use.
  • The new shared pathway definitions that provide guidance on how life-safety and non-life-safety circuits can co-exist.
  • New requirements for a written plan that clearly establishes the scope of testing for the system. The test plan and results must be documented in the testing records.
  •  A new formula to determine the candela ratings of strobes when mounted in accordance Chapter 18, Notification Appliances.
  •  New requirements in Chapter 21, Emergency Control Functions, regarding Occupant Evacuation Elevators.

Webinar presented by:

Rodger Reiswig, Director of Industry Relations for Tyco SimplexGrinnell, has over 25 years of experience in the fire protection and life-safety industry. Rodger serves on more than a dozen NFPA technical committees and as a principal member of the NFPA 72 Technical Correlating Committee.  He is also co-chair of the AFAA (Automatic Fire Alarm Association) Codes & Standards Committee and Chair of the NEMA (National Electrical Manufacturers Association) Standards Committee.

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Bringing the Benefits of Addressable Technology to Notification Systems

Addressable technology revolutionized fire detection systems in the 1990s. Now SimplexGrinnell and Tyco are bringing the benefits of addressable technology to the systems that warn building occupants of a fire or other emergencies. This webinar addresses how Simplex TrueAlert ES – our new addressable family of smart notification appliances – provides better protection, more design flexibility, maximum ease of use and lower operating costs. Whether you’re a building owner, facility manager, engineer, installing contractor, AHJ or other fire and life-safety professional, TrueAlertES addressable notification can provide significant benefits.

What you’ll learn:

  • How TrueAlert ES technology can greatly reduce overall installation costs, the number of required power supplies, and the size of cable and conduit.
  • How TrueAlert ES technology greatly increases the length of Class A circuits, thereby reducing project costs.
  • How the candela settings of notification appliances can be set and changed remotely and documented in a printed report.
  • How the testing of a single notification appliance at a time can help make testing less disruptive to building occupants.
  • How a remote, unobtrusive and NFPA 72-compliant test can be initiated from a Simplex fire alarm control panel.

Webinar presented by:

Jeff Brooks, Senior Product Manager for Tyco Fire Protection Products, has over 40 years of experience in fire detection with SimplexGrinnell and Tyco. Jeff is NICET Level 3 certified in the field of fire detection. He also serves on several industry boards as well as being a Technical Committee member to NFPA 72 and NFPA 720.

Paul Vautour, Senior Product Marketing Manager for SimplexGrinnell, has worked in the field of life safety and fire protection for over 40 years. Paul currently sits on NFPA Technical Committees for Building Service and Fire Protection and for Mercantile and Business Occupancies..

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Click here to visit notificationreinvented.com, our special website dedicated to Simplex TrueAlert ES notification.

 

Fire Sprinkler System Installation Standards: Major Changes in the 2013 Editions of NFPA 13, 13R and 13D

NFPA Standards for the installation of automatic fire sprinkler systems have undergone significant changes as a result of the latest code revision cycle. These standards play a critical role in establishing requirements for the design and installation of automatic fire sprinkler systems in commercial and institutional buildings as well as residential occupancies. This webinar will focus on major changes in the 2013 editions of NFPA 13: Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems; NFPA 13R: Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems in Low-Rise Residential Occupancies; and NFPA 13D: Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems in One- and Two-Family Dwellings and Manufactured Homes.

What you’ll learn:

  • How both new and revised definitions will impact design approaches and inspection, testing and maintenance requirements
  • Which systems and components have new requirements and/or applications
  • What materials and products used in sprinkler systems must now be carefully tested and evaluated
  • Which design considerations will be more restrictive and which will be less restrictive
  • How storage protection is becoming more specialized and what testing criteria must be met

Webinar presented by:

Terry Victor, National Manager of Sprinkler Business Processes at SimplexGrinnell.  He has over 39 years of technical experience in the sprinkler industry and serves on various industry boards, including NFPA technical committees for NFPA 13, NFPA 13D, NFPA 13R, NFPA 20 and NFPA 25.

Matt Klaus, a Senior Fire Protection Engineer for the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).  He is responsible for many of the NFPA documents related to water-based systems.  

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Joint Commission Standards in Healthcare: Key Requirements for Fire Safety Management Compliance

The Joint Commission has been accrediting hospitals and other healthcare institutions in the United States for 60 years.  Compliance with Joint Commission Environment of Care and Life Safety standards is a critical area of responsibility for facilities, engineering, maintenance and safety departments.  As part of The Joint Commission survey process, considerable focus is placed on fire safety management compliance.  This webinar will provide an overview of the basic fire safety management requirements and insights into the most pressing items being emphasized today by Joint Commission surveyors.

What you’ll learn:

Basic requirements and key areas of emphasis under:

  • NFPA 72 Fire Alarm Testing Requirements
  • NFPA 25 Water Based Suppression Requirements
  • NFPA 20 Fire Pump Testing Requirements
  • NFPA 10 Fire Extinguisher Requirements

Webinar presented by:

Ken Gregory is Vice President, Accreditation, for TSIG Consulting, Inc. (TSIG), a privately owned corporation providing regulatory accreditation services nationally to healthcare organizations.  He has over 22 years of experience in consulting, facilities/engineering, construction management, and regulatory compliance in healthcare.  He assists healthcare entities worldwide with regulatory preparation and facilities management.

Jack Kleminich has been the Director of Service Programs and Technology for SimplexGrinnell for the past eight years.  He has introduced several innovations to help improve SimplexGrinnell's customer loyalty measurement by 250%, including a customer relationship management system, a customer portal, an industry-leading remote service program, and a Joint Commission-compliant electronic inspection reporting system. 

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